The holidays are the perfect time to explore old traditions and make your own, too. Pears have been a treasured part of Christmas celebrations since the 1800s, and Harry & David continues to celebrate the tradition of fruit for Christmas today. 

Christmas Pears: A Special Holiday Treat

Prized for their elegant appearance and wonderful flavor, pears can stay fresh and delicious for a long time, especially when the weather is cool. This is part of what has made sharing pears for Christmas so popular over the years — you can imagine a family in the 1800s, bundled up in their sleigh, carrying fruits and gifts across town to celebrate Christmas with loved ones and neighbors. Christmas pears even make an appearance in the beloved “12 Days of Christmas” song with the line, “and a partridge in a pear tree.”

christmas pear tree

A Taste of Christmas History

In 1934, Harry & David introduced the first gift tower featuring a box of beautiful Royal Riviera® Pears as the base. Since then, giving pears for Christmas has only grown in popularity. We’ve introduced even more beautiful fruit gifts over the years, like combinations of holiday pears and apples, juicy winter citrus, and much more. There’s even a new holiday-perfect gift this year that features Royal Riviera® Pears with an evergreen wreath centerpiece for your Christmas table. 

holiday centerpiece with christmas pears

Making Delicious Holiday Memories

Today, whole families enjoy giving and sharing festive, gold-wrapped Royal Riviera® Pears during the holidays, and for many people, it’s a favorite family tradition that has been passed down for generations. Even if you’ve never shared fruit for Christmas before, it’s a classic, elegant, and healthy way to share a taste of the holidays with those who matter most.

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